February 23, 2010

Video Pool Presents Escape

Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents Escape, a one-night-only screening of experimental shorts, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at The Museum of Clear Ideas, 290 McDermot Avenue, 5th Floor.

The Escape screening is approximately 75 minutes in length
plus introduction and reception to follow

After one year on the run from coast to coast, curator J.J. Kegan McFadden brings his collection of experimental videos home for one last screening in the Escape tour.

There has always been more than one way to escape. The term itself carries with it several connotations: to flee, to transcend, to avoid. In our ever-evolving digital realm, to escape means something different altogether.

When online, we escape through various quasi-anonymous discourses (blogs, games, chat rooms). The button located at the top left of the computer keyboard provides the user a means to get out of certain messy situations; to begin anew.

Here, I am interested in an escape narrative, one informed by the medium, by the history of story telling, and the Hero’s Journey.

This escape attempt is for us all.

Various metaphors for escape are alluded to in the 15 videos collected here: disguise, travel, dance, sex, and meditation each become important elements on this Escape route. Thus, the sequential ordering of the videos in Escape is important.

-J.J. Kegan McFadden, curator


Lori Weidenhammer + Donna Lewis
Sylvia Matas
Ho Tam
Hope Peterson
Tim Raffey
Leslie Supnet
Dominique Rey
Lisa Graves + Deborah Van Slet
Victoria Prince
Doug Melnyk
Anne Borden + Gail Mentlik
Jeremy Drummond
Divya Mehra
Collin Zipp
Ken Gregory

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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